(Beware! There be spoilers ahead!)
A few days ago, my fiancée and I went to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I loved it- a story about people in the Star Wars universe not immediately concerned with the Skywalker family drama that makes up the main story. I was immediately struck by the diversity of the cast and the fact that this movie finally looked like a believable depiction of the universe.
I loved the film and I loved the story- however I do keep feeling a hint of sadness that while we finally got a Star Wars movie with a diverse cast, it also involved all of the heroes dying. I’d like to think that it’s just a coincidence- that they wanted to create a diverse film, but they also wanted to do a darker film in which the heroes that gave their lives to the Rebels, but it does hurt that the white heroes in the Star Wars universe get to live, but brown people died. Perhaps it was a logistics standpoint, a way to explain why the heroes of the film don’t appear in the original trilogy.
I’m hopeful about the Star Wars franchise improving. The new characters in The Force Awakens are much more diverse than the preceding movies. If that trend continues, I’ll happily consider it all a coincidence. So please, Star Wars- continue to make diverse films, and hopefully add in more women of color. It will go a long way for so many people.